Shorter Question Everything
The right wing isn’t just threatening to take hostages in their battle against healthcare/government/scary brown people. Now they’re looking to shoot those hostages, even if the hostages are their own.
As an added observation, what the hell is it with the right wing and desperately clinging to civil rights/anti-war imagery? Is it just needing to feed their own sense of victimhood? Or are they so desperate for more members that they hope including some burn-your-draft-card foofaraw is going to snow those on the left to join the right? Is it purely to deny the legitimacy of those movements?
One, it shouldn’t be allowed to work, and two, it’s offensive. Right wingers that try to strip the rights from anyone not male, white and christian shouldn’t get to claim they have a civil rights issue. Right wingers that gleefully sent other people’s kids off to die in wars of choice shouldn’t be allowed to get away with the burn your draft card bit.
• Ezra Klein: The self-sabotage of the GOP in trying to shut down the govt/’Obamacare’.
“This is a weird thing that’s happened to the campaign against Obamacare,” he remarked. “It began as most campaigns do, as a campaign for self-interest. Obamacare, conservatives said, will raise your taxes, take away your doctors and possibly put you in front of a death panel. The fight to keep it from passing was a fight to keep bad things from happening to you.”
“But it’s become something weirder: A campaign of self-sacrifice,” Klein continued. “The current crop of Republican strategies ask conservative congressmen to hurt their constituents, governors to hurt their states and conservative activists to hurt themselves. It is a kamikaze mission to stop Obamamcare, a campaign against your own self-interest.”
…“Republicans have responded to minority status by adopting more extreme political tactics. Chief among them is hostage taking, threatening to shut down the government or breach the debt ceiling if they don’t get their way,” Klein said. “But now Republicans have done something truly new, they have taken themselves hostage. They’re threatening to hurt themselves and their states and their voters and their most committed activists if Democrats don’t give them their way on Obamacare.”
Speaking of right wing asshats
• Lawyers: Illegal body cavity searches of women standard policy at Texas traffic stops: Lawyer representing women who faced “unconstitutional” cavity searches of their genitals at traffic stops in Texas last year have said that the practice is essentially standard practice in many jurisdictions. In two separate cases last year, four women said that they were humiliated with illegal cavity searches on the side of Texas highways. Angel Dobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Dobbs were searched after a trooper saw them throw a cigarette butt out the car window. And Brandy Hamilton, 27, and Alexandria Randle, 26, were searched after a trooper claimed he smelled marijuana. “It’s ridiculous,” Dallas attorney and former police officer Peter Schulte told The New York Daily News. “We would never put our hands anywhere near someone’s private parts… When I saw that video I was shocked. I was a law enforcement officer for 16 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.” “I think the Department of Public Safety is trying to figure out who in the world trained these troopers to think that this is OK,” Schulte added. “The law just doesn’t support that. It just doesn’t.”
• US urges citizens to leave Yemen ‘immediately’ amid al Qaeda terror threat: The warning came just hours after a drone strike killed at least four suspected al Qaeda members in the country. A total of 19 U.S. embassies remained closed Tuesday after intelligence agencies intercepted an electronic communication between two of al Qaeda’s top leaders in which they agreed they “wanted to do something big” this past Sunday, according to sources. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as the head of al Qaeda, and Nasir al-Wahishi, leader of Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, wanted to time a significant attack to a Muslim holiday known as Laylat al-Qadr, the day the Koran was revealed to Mohammed. It is also known as the “Night of Destiny” or the “Night of Power.”
• CLG: Al-Zawahiri is back from the dead, issuing new ‘al-Qaeda’ terror threats
• A local official was hailed as a “true hero” after tackling a gunman who opened fire at a town supervisors meeting Monday night in Pennsylvania, killing at least three people. Three other people were wounded, including the gunman — who was shot with his own weapon.
• Man tries to cross Sask.-U.S. border with pipe bomb, RCMP say: 21-year-old Toronto man charged with possession of an explosive device. Derek Joseph Formosa was charged with possession of an explosive device as the Explosive Disposal Unit detonated the pipe bomb at 8:30 p.m. CST.
• Tamerlan Tsarnaev had right-wing extremist literature: One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings was in possession of right-wing American literature in the run-up to the attack, BBC Panorama has learnt. Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy and government conspiracy theories. He also had reading material on mass killings.
• Greenwald: The US Is Making Up the Al Qaeda Threat to Silence Me: As soon as the news broke about the threats of an Al Qaeda terror attack, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald began a barrage of comments on Twitter “asking questions” about the timing of the announcement, and broadly hinting around that the Obama administration was faking the threat to justify NSA surveillance activities. Well, in this interview with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, Greenwald goes all the way into egomaniacal Alex Jones conspiracy territory and says the administration cooked up this threat to silence him. In this interview, Greenwald uses the same deceptive tactic he frequently employs in his written articles: burying important information beneath a load of exaggerated rhetoric. In this case, he rants and rants about how the NSA is eavesdropping on everything “you” do, reading all “your” email, copying “your” MS Word documents, etc. … then quickly slips in a note about the NSA needing a specific warrant to target a US citizen. Then he carries on ranting about the NSA spying on everything “you” do.
• I’ll Stop Writing About Glenn Greenwald’s NSA Coverage When He Stops Lying: It’s not because I particularly like fighting my way through Greenwald’s pedantic articles and TV spots. It’s chiefly because I feel as if he’s leading a considerable segment of the left down an embarrassingly unhinged, conspiratorial, non-empirical road. And, simply put, I think it’s wrong. Actually, that understates how I strongly I feel about this thing. As with the far-right or Fox News Channel, or the National Rifle Association for that matter, I’m compelled by my own desire to seek the truth — to exploit my very small chunk of the internet as a means to correct willful misinformation, irrationality and outright lies.
• The Conspiracy Theory Nexus of Glenn Beck, Glenn Greenwald and Alex Jones: If you see any remaining daylight between the rapidly converging spheres of the Glenn Greenwald Left and the Alex Jones Right, you’ll have to point it out to me because not only have those two factions begun to merge, but they’re locked together in what could be a permanent Venn diagram overlap.
And from fathead to fatberg…
• A 15-tonne ball of congealed fat — dubbed Britain’s biggest ever “fatberg” — was removed from a London sewer after a 10-day operation following complaints from local residents that their toilets would not flush. The monstrous lump of festering food fat mixed with wet wipes — the size of a bus — formed in drains under a major road in Kingston, southwest London, utility firm Thames Water said Tuesday.